Fine for refusing cooperation with Lockheed Martin war profiteers


By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

Student faces census boycott fine

Thursday 03 November 2011

A Shrewsbury peace activist is facing a £1,000 fine after refusing to fill out this year’s census run by the world’s biggest arms dealer.

Student Judith Sambrook has been ordered to appear in Wrexham magistrates’ court next Friday charged with refusal to comply with the Census Act because government outsourced the £150 million project to weapons manufacturers Lockheed Martin.

The Act stipulates a fine of up to £1,000 for householders who fail to report their name, sex, age, employment, nationality and ethnicity, marital status and “any other matters … with a view to ascertaining the social or civil condition of the population.”

US-based multinational Lockheed Martin, which has recently expanded into surveillance and data processing for the CIA and FBI, is better known as one of the world’s most notorious weapons manufacturers.

Its products include F-16 fighter jets, nuclear missiles and cluster bombs banned under an international treaty.

Ms Sambrook, who is represented by Bindmans, told the Morning Star today that she intended to plead not guilty.

She said that she would invoke her right to freedom of conscience, guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights. The single mother of two said she was determined to take a stand against the international arms trade.

Nor would she pay a fine if found guilty, she said.

They supply Trident, they supply cluster bombs – their weapons kill and maim some of the most oppressed people in the world.

“Anything that rewards them is something I will have no part of.

“If I have to go to prison, so be it.”

It is understood that Wrexham Peace and Justice Forum will hold a vigil outside the courtroom when she appears in court a week tomorrow.

Lockheed Martin cartoon

12 thoughts on “Fine for refusing cooperation with Lockheed Martin war profiteers

  1. Dear Friend,

    This is Robert Stevens. He’s about to take $260 of your family’s money.

    Stevens is a war profiteer CEO, the head of Lockheed Martin–the best-paid corporation doing business with the Pentagon.1 Last year, Lockheed brought in $45.8 billion in revenue, mostly from taxpayer-funded contracts.2 That huge amount of money means that the average American family pays a $260 “Lockheed Martin tax” on their income taxes.3

    When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Stevens will raise his champagne glass knowing he’s got your family’s cash again…along with the cash from millions of other Americans.

    That is, of course, unless you do something to take the money out of his hand.

    You can reduce the amount of your income tax dollars that Stevens and his war profiteer buddies can pocket by donating to Brave New Foundation. Not only will you get the tax deduction–which helps shrink the amount of money Stevens gets from your taxes–we’ll also use the money to give him and his war profiteer buddies some hell in 2012.

    Brave New Foundation’s War Costs campaign is positioned to go on offense against war profiteers like Robert Stevens, but we need your financial support to do it. You must respond with a financial donation before 11:59 p.m. on December 31 to get the tax deduction for 2011.

    Don’t miss your chance to keep your family’s money out of the war profiteers’ hands! Donate now.


    Derrick Crowe, Robert Greenwald
    and the Brave New Foundation team


    1 “DoD Top 100 Contractors,” published by the Department of Defense, June 2011 (.pdf).

    2 Lockheed Martin’s 2010 Annual Report (.pdf).

    3 Hartung, William. Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex, p. 29. New York: Nation Books, 2011.


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    It would be the country’s biggest-ever weapons purchase in response to allegations of a military threat from North Korea.

    The state-run Defence Acquisition Programme Administration says that the new planes would assist in attacking strategic targets in North Korea in the event of war.


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